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repair permissions on a regular basis
Authored by: werikblack on Nov 21, '04 01:17:06PM

The problem, though, is that if a developer has an installer or application that goofs up permissions, you're much more likely to see this on Mac OS X than you would on UNIX, IMHO. Consider the source of many of the applications you buy. With UNIX, you're typically buying from enterprise developers. On Mac OS X, there's a good chance you're buying apps from a 22-year-old developer sitting in his underwear coding for extra beer money. Definitely a difference in terms of bug checking.

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Re: repair permissions on a regular basis
Authored by: Uncle Asad on Nov 22, '04 03:02:53PM

The Apple Installer / PackageMaker tools make it perhaps easier than it should be to create a package which will install and mess up permissions. It *looks* easy enough to create an installer package--hey, just fill in these fields!--but there are a lot of gotchas that aren't apparent through that esay interface. There are a number of good tutorials on the web outlining these gotchas, and Apple's documentation looks very thorough--but it seems so easy that many may not read the docs or search for the tutorials.

I've also had Backup once fubar the permissions on /tmp 2/3 of the way through a 7 CD backup and die, so applications (or perhaps OS bugs) can sometimes mess things up, too, but predominantly it seems to be poorly-created installer packages.

Bottom line, if you install software from vendors other than Apple, you should be running repair permissions--and running permissions before and after OS updates seems to help them work properly, too!

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